It’s every little girl’s dream to grow long, silky hair that catches attention and makes people go “Woah!”. This dream has come true for some, but for others, it’s a bad hair day almost every day. Hair loss, damaged hair, not being able to grow long hair can all be heartbreaking. To add to the envy, even men today are growing long hair, and surprisingly enough, they manage to grow a pretty good length and maintain their hair health. (Sighs!) Well, there’s no point mulling over it, we must start working on it instead. For those to whom length doesn’t come naturally, we are here to help. Here are 14 extremely simple hair care tips that will help you boost your hair and maintain its health and quality. Read on to find out how to grow long hair and give your hair its life back.
Tips To Grow Long Hair
1. Regular Trimming
Hang on! We know it seems counterintuitive, but it isn’t. If you want to get healthy and long hair, you must keep trimming your hair regularly. This helps you get rid of split-ends that make the hair weak and break them. Such damage may also lead to hair loss and affect hair health. Getting rid of such damage can help you revive your hair health and eliminate breakage giving appearance that your hair is growing faster. In simple terms, regular trimming ensures that your tips are strong and healthy, avoids breakage and hair loss, and contributes to hair growth to some extent.
2. Eat Right
You are what you eat! Truly! Your diet affects every little aspect of your health and body, including your hair – its length, quality, everything. Just the use of expensive hair products or hours spent in a spa will not help your hair if you don’t nourish it from the inside. You need to feed your hair to help them grow faster. Add nutritious foods to your diet that help your hair grow longer and healthier. Increasing protein in your diet by including fish, beans, nuts, and whole grains can help. If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, add vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E and minerals like zinc and iron to your diet. You can also include a vegetarian form of omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Say Goodbye To Heat Styling Tools
Heating causes severe damage to your hair, makes them rough and frizzy. If you want long and shiny hair, you need to stop (or at least minimize) the use of heat styling tools. If you still must use it, make sure that the temperature is not too high .
4. Skip Shampoo Daily
Daily shampooing means loading your hair with harsh chemicals used in the shampoos and working your way towards all sorts of hair issues. Having said that, it is also important to wash your hair at regular intervals as it allows natural oils to penetrate the hair and scalp allowing the hair to hydrate and repair itself, and promotes hair growth. Shampoo two to three times a week depending on the amount of time you spend outdoors, surrounded by heat and pollution. Use a shampoo that’s mild and is especially sulfate- and paraben-free .
5. Rinse With Cold Water After Shampooing
Finish your shower with a cool rinse. A steamy shower may feel good and relaxing, but will also make your hair rough and weak. Rinsing your hair with cold water not only prevents it from getting rough but also helps seal the hair cuticles and strengthens them, which in turn helps your hair grow faster.
6. Do Not Brush Your Hair When They’re Wet
It’s no secret that you lose hair when you brush them while they’re still wet. Wet hair is weak, making them more susceptible to breakage. However, if you absolutely must knock some knots out right after a refreshing shower, make sure that you go gentle. Use a wide-toothed comb or brush and slowly untangle your hair. Towel-dry your hair before that, if possible. Start brushing from the end and gradually work your way up. This simple trick will help minimize the breakage, promote blood circulation and help you grow your hair faster and longer.
7. Switch To A Silk Pillowcase
A silk pillowcase is easy on hair which helps avoid tangles and breakage. The math is simple here, the lesser the breakage hair experiences, the longer they last and the faster they grow .
8. Focus On Scalp Care
You need to pay extra attention to your scalp if you wish to have long and healthy hair. Including proper scalp care in your hair care routine will help you boost your hair growth and the health of your hair follicles. Massage your scalp regularly, preserve moisture by oiling it regularly, cover your head with a scarf/cap/hat when you are out to protect your hair and scalp from the sun.
9. Stay Away From Hair Bleach
Your mother must have warned you against bleaching your hair, and guess what? She was right! Bleaching your hair opens up the cuticle of the hair strands that causes severe damage and makes your hair look frizzy and undernourished. Colored or chemically treated hair often breaks off easily or splits at the end, which means you would trim them more often, restricting the hair to grow longer .
10. Be Gentle While Brushing And Detangling
Brushing your hair is essential as it not only helps you detangle them but also promotes blood circulation throughout the scalp that in turn helps the growth of your hair. However, aggressive brushing can do the opposite of what you wished for. It can lead to breakage and hair loss. If you wish to grow long locks, detangle your hair gently. Start from the bottom and work your way up. Avoid brushing wet hair.
11. Use Microfiber Towels
When you use a regular towel to dry your hair, they get caught in the woven fibers and since most of us tend to wrap the towel around our head and keep it for a while, those tiny, fragile strands break easily. To save your hair from such damage, you can opt for a t-shirt to be wrapped around your head or a thin microfiber towel. They are safer options if you wish to have healthy hair.
12. Change Hairstyles
If you are a ponytail person, you must feel the tension around the region where you tie it up. Wearing your ponytail or a bun in the same place every day can cause your hair to break over time from the constant tension. Changing your hairstyle, or even the placement of your ponytail is a simple trick to strengthen the hair strands ensuring that the damage caused is minimal and that your hair grows faster.
13. Be Generous While Using Hair Oils
Oil your hair! Yes! There’s no alternative to oiling that can give you strong and healthy locks. This traditional trick can work wonders for your hair growth and help them grow even faster. Oil is like the magic potion for your hair. They nourish them and make sure that your hair grows strong and shiny. There are several types of oils that you can opt for. Coconut oil and almond oil are the most commonly used oils and probably have the best effects on your hair. To get the best results, oil your hair and leave it overnight.
14. Use Weekly Hair Masks
It may not seem like something you can let go, but hair masks are essential for hair growth. They help nourish your hair with nutrients needed by them, strengthen them, and help them grow faster. Opt for hair masks that moisturize deep into the hair shaft. Hair masks are extremely easy to make and are super effective. You must try them now!